Archive for May, 2011

Beauty in the mind’s eye

Posted in Uncategorized on May 5, 2011 by shava

Welcome to the twenty-sixth installment of the EVE Blog Banter, the monthly EVE Online blogging extravaganza created by CrazyKinux. The EVE Blog Banter involves an enthusiastic group of gaming bloggers, a common topic within the realm of EVE Online, and a week or so to post articles pertaining to the said topic. The resulting articles can either be short or quite extensive, either funny or dead serious, but are always a great fun to read! Any questions about the EVE Blog Banter should be directed to Check for other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

This month’s topic was proposed by @KatiaSae of the much praised “To Boldly Go” blog. Katia asks: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. As an astrophotographer, I’ve found it in the stars and planets of New Eden. Where have you found it? Perhaps you’ve found beauty in the ships we fly? Maybe it’s the sight of profits being added to your bottom line? Or maybe it’s the pilot portraits you see in the comm channels? Where ever you’ve found it, write about it and post an image.” Don’t be afraid go beyond the simple visual aspects of EVE as well. Is the EVE Community in itself a thing of beauty? What makes EVE the game, the world, the Community, so appealing to you?

The aspect of Eve that makes it so lovely and appealing to me is the same thing that’s driven me away every time my real life gets complicated:  complexity.  Eve is a puzzle game that most closely simulates aspects of real life to me.  It uses the same circuits in my brain that I use for my work, which is a dangerous and distracting form of play!

Yes, we run around in spaceships, but how much of Eve is realistic, in the sense that we understand it as well as most people bother to understand this real world we live in?

There’s an economy that most people don’t bother to try to understand, because it’s just not their game.  But perhaps those same people will accept the leadership of people who claim to understand the economy and handle its intricacies to their constituencies’ benefit.  Likewise, war and politics decisions get delegated.

And for those who lead, the pressures are much like real life.  What changed today that could change my game?  What relationships do I need to groom?  How do I manage limited available time to maximal gain — and still have fun?  How do I feel about power?

Then there are the lulzy class — power of a different sort, exercised with a certain art and precision.  Unlike real life, the risks are low, and the QQ all in play (even the heartfelt cursing).

A friend of mine, a professor of accounting, once spoke of the economies in virtual worlds not being “games” but “toys.”  You can play with a toy train, he said, and if you crash no one gets hurt.  Many long years ago, another friend and I were talking at a science fiction con, about why it was that so many SF fans were able to immerse themselves in elaborate and alien world of great complexity, and yet shied away from understanding the economics and politics that enfold them in the real world.  “It’s not that we don’t have the capacity to change the world, in real life,” he mused.  “It’s that, deep inside, we know we could, and it scares us to death.”

Whether New Eden is a place to play with the toys of life, or a place to escape our own potential to catalyze real change in the real world, it’s certain that Eve is art.  All art is the abstraction of reality, the human view of the creation of beauty in nature (and our institutions of power are just part of nature and creation).

JRR Tolkien spoke of fantasy fiction as being sub-creative — the exercise of Adam’s  and Eve’s children, yearning to create a world with that lesser spark of genesis that God gifted them.  By creating a world consistent in rules and compelling in vision, the creators of books, plays, movies, and games mirror the act of creation, and that calls us in.

We know that beauty.  And some of us find it in Eve.

List of Participants:

  1. CrazyKinux’s Musing: Beyond nebulas and shiny ships
  2. Freedom: the beauty in EvE » A Mule In EvE
  3. Achernar: The bike and the barbecue
  4. where the frack is my ship?: Blog Banter 26: Love at first sight
  5. BlogBanter 26: EVE … beautiful … « One capsuleer against all
  6. Blog Banter 26 « Mad Haberdashers
  7. » Blog Banter 26: Beauty of EVE – To Boldly Go To Boldly Go
  8. Down By Law: Blog Banter #26: “The Beauty of EVE” (OOC)
  9. Blog Banter #26 – Beauty « Roc’s Ramblings
  10. Banter #26: Beauty is in the eye of the markets | Diary of a Garbageman
  11. Progression’s Horizon: Blog Banter 26- Carry It With Us, Or We Find It Not
  12. Blog Banter 26: The Beauty of Eve « A Scientist’s Life in Eve
  13. Freebooted: BB26: The Beauty Between the Lines
  14. Eve Opportunist: EBB #26 : Beauty is destruction.
  15. Blog banter #26: EVE shines, and not just visually « Diary of a Pod Pilot
  16. Blog Banter 26: Everybody is Pretty – Learning to Fly
  17. BB26: Beauty, in certain conditions | A Missioneer in Eve
  18. Dying in Lowsec (One Hauler at a time)
  19. EVE Blog Banter #26 – Beauty « Evehermit’s Blog
  20. EVE A to Z: The Beauty of EVE
  21. Blog Banter 26: Beauty In A Bottle « A Lush In Space
  22. EVEOGANDA: Blog Banter 26: The Ballet of Battle
  23. BB26: Sometimes the sum of the parts … | Morphisat’s Blog